Battle of the Beards…Who Wore It Best?

As I catch up on today’s tennis matches, I notice one thing….beards! Beards everywhere! It seems like every male tennis player is sporting some type of facial hair, and let’s face it, beards are totally trending right now. I may not be a huge fan of the bewhiskered myself, but that doesn’t mean we can’t highlight the best!  Let’s take a look at “who wore it best.”

Disclaimer: I am no beard aficionado and these opinions are my own. I have researched beard “Types” (Google search), but I may call a certain type of beard the wrong name. I’m doing my best here, furriends…I’m a cat, knowledgeable in cat whiskers only.

Beard (short): Felciano Lopez vs. Juan Martin Del Potro

  Feliciano Lopez

         Juan Martin Del Potro

Winner: Lopez wore it best. It’s fuller, cleaner and it brings out his dreamy blue eyes. Wouldn’t you agree?

 

Chin Strap: Jack Sock vs. Nick Kyrgios

            Jack Sock

          Nick Kyrgios

Winner: Nick Kyrgios. I am not a huge fan of the chin strap, to be honest. Nick has more of a goatie included in his look, but I did find one website that still categorized his look as a chin strap. Sorry Jack….

 

Beard (Full): Benoit Paire vs. Steve Johnson

        Benoit Paire

           Steve Johnson

Winner: This one is a tough one, don’t you think? I mean, I’m really not a fan on the full beard, but Paire’s eyes are very dreamy. But Steve Johnson is super nice. Sooo…if I am judging on beard alone, I will have to go with Steve Johnson.

 

Beard (Blonde): David Goffin vs. Tomas Berdych

             David Goffin

              Tomas Berdych

Winner: Blonde beards are tricky because they never really look full. But we have some brave souls who still try, like these two. Completely for the effort involved, this battle goes to David Goffin.

 

Balbo: Fabio Fognini vs. Novak Djokovic  (See, I did research! I didn’t know there was such a thing and now I do)

 

                                         Fabio Fognini

                           Novak Djokovic

Winner: Fabio Fognini is the clear winner! Easily. Paws down! Don’t you think?

 

Adolescent Stubble: Sascha Zverev vs. Karen Khachakov

                  Sascha Zverev

                 Karen Khachanov

Winner: I know, I know. “Adolescent Stubble” is not a thing. But you can’t deny that when you hear “Adolescent Stubble”, you know exactly what I’m talking about. Am I right? I digress, the winner in the “Adolescent Stubble” category is….Karen Khachanov! By one stubble-speckled chin!

 

Classic Rivalry: Roger Federer vs. Rafa Nadal

           Roger Federer

          Rafa Nadal

Winner: It’s a tie, of course! I couldn’t possibly pick a favorite between these two!

Well did I get it right? Is there anyone I missed? I mean, let’s facial hair it, it’s hard to find a male tennis player these days who is not sporting some sort of beard. I can’t say for sure, but I would imagine it gets hot and itchy under there. But again, I’m just a cat, knowledgeable in cat whiskers only!

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America’s Next Tennis Rock Star

We all just want to be big Rock Stars! Or at least that’s what Nickelback sings about, right? Well, I think US Tennis might have just found it’s next big Rock Star! Tommy Paul!

Rock Star, you meow? Of course! He’s got the purrfect name for it! Tommy Paul! He’s a hybrid between Tommy Lee (the hot drummer from Motley Crue…hi Tommy, call me 😉 ) and Paul Stanley (the guitarist from the rock legend band, KISS. He’s the one with the big star on his eye).

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I haven’t talked much about Tommy Paul because I am barely catching wind of this kid. I say kid…he just turned 20 years old in May. And there is good reason for that. I saw him play last night in only his 12th tour level match against Kei Nishikori (seeded #2 at this tournament and ranked 9th in the world). So, Tommy Paul is green…very green. But he gave Nishikori a run for his money! Paul won the first set 6-3 and took it to a close tie break in the second set. But his lack of experience got in his way and Nishikori won the second set tie break. Then is was all Nishikori to the very end. Nishikori wins the match 3-6, 7-6, 6-4.

Tommy Paul did not win his quarterfinal match last night, but on Monday, he will have moved up in the rankings from his current ranking of #225 to #170! Not bad for having played only 12 matches as a professional!

I’m no tennis coach, but if I had a couple of minutes with Tommy Paul, I would recommend the following:

  1. Take time between serves. You were playing way too fast, leading to too many errors. You’ve got to mentally re-set or your going to double fault.
  2. Control your movement. You’re a bit of an uncontrolled tornado on the court. Make more strategic motions and you’ll conserve energy (to make it through three long sets). I love your two handed backhand, by the way.
  3. Develop short term memory. You had a long rally and still lost the point? You double faulted? You’re opponent just served three aces in a row? No big deal…lose that from your memory and focus on the next point on your racquet.

Furriends, keep that name in your head because I do not think this is the last we will hear from Tommy Paul.

And, you’re welcome for that Nickelback ear worm! Happy Caturday, everybody!

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Happy Anniversary

Today is a very special day. It is my 9th anniversary!

Nine years ago on this day, my human and her best friend decided she needed a cat. So, they drove out to the animal shelter to see if there were any furry friends that would make a nice companion for her. Little did we all know, the animal shelter did not open on that Saturday. There were people in the parking lot waiting for it to open…like the sweet old farmer lady who brought me with six of my brothers and sisters because she couldn’t possible care for all of us (she already had four cats at her farm). And people like my human, who were looking to adopt a fluffy and furry companion (like me).

frazier                   This is me the first night at my new home! Thanks MOM!

I was in a crate in the back of a pickup with my brothers and sisters when my human walked up to the truck. I would like to say it was love at first sight, but it wasn’t really. I was shy so hung out in the back while my siblings tried to get her attention. But she is a bit shy too and saw me hiding in the back. We both knew right then and there we were a match. It could have been my beautiful black spots, or it could have been my green and blue eyes, but she picked me out of all the others! It was a good day and I feel like the  luckiest cat around.

play Here I am stretching out like I own the place! (maybe I do!)

You may be surprised to find out that tennis was not my first love! Meow! It was Olympic gymnastics. I remember sitting with my human on the couch and looking at the TV seeing these amazing beings fly through the air doing flips and turns and tumbles! I’ve never seen anything like that out at the farm I was raised for my first four months. Gymnastics quickly turned into tennis when i realized the Olympics happen only once every four years.

What about you? Are celebrating an anniversary with your human soon? How did you meet? Was it destiny? I love a good love story.

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One Lovely Blog Award

Rules of the Award

  1. Thank your nominator and share a link to their blog
  2. Share 7 facts about yourself
  3. Nominate 15 bloggers and inform them of the nomination

I was nominated for the One Lovely Blog Award by Turtledesk! Thank you so much! Yellow Fuzzy Duck over at Turtledesk specializes in graphic design, studio art and poetry. Here is an example of Yellow Fuzzy Duck’s art: Bird Sketches

And….the Turtledesk website quotes Thomas Merton, and who doesn’t love that!!!

Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.

Thomas Merton

Seven Facts

  1. My favorite color is orange. My human’s favorite color is blue.
  2. I love drinking water straight out of the faucet.
  3. If my human is in the kitchen, I too, must be in the kitchen with her.
  4. When my human gets home from work, I greet her by flopping at her feet and begging her for a belly rub.
  5. I’m a BIG kitty. When stretched out, I am close to three feet long.
  6. The US Open is my favorite grand slam tournament.
  7. I’ve been blogging for about six months, and it has been super fun. I had no idea how much I would enjoy it!

Nominees:

I follow many wonderful blogs and I find it hard to narrow down my nominations. Even though I am a cat who likes tennis, I follow all kinds of blogs….lifestyle, cooking, wine, advise, travel, thoughts, tennis (obviously), you name it. If I follow you, please consider yourself nominated for this award. I think that every single one of you are unique and lovely in your own way. You help me become a better writer!

Thanks everyone,

Frazier

Real Neat Blog Award

Real Neat Blog Award

Thanks to sure12 headspace for nominating me for the Real Neat Blog Award. Visit her blog for lots of positive  messages on spirituality and happiness. I’ve been blogging for about six months and it’s an honor to be recognized. Thanks to everyone for making this an amazing blog journey for me.
I hope you take the time to check out these talented bloggers!

The (Tennis) World’s New Power Couple

Jay Z and Beyonce, Kim and Kanye, Superman and Wonder Woman, peanut butter and jelly…power couples! The couples who make the world go round. Well kitties and fellow furry friends,  I am here to tell you there is a new power couple in town and their names are Jack Sock and Nick Kyrgios!

After watching their quarterfinal match against the Bryan brothers at the Madrid Open, there is no doubt they are the cool kids rocking the world of doubles tennis, and I LOVE it! Their styles and personalities purrfectly compliment one another. Where one is weak, the other supplements. And…they are so dynamic, they make doubles fun and interesting and tennis fans are watching doubles again! And for that, I am super excited!

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Enjoy your weekend, everybody!

One Lovely Blogger Award

It has been a busy week for blogging award nominations. On Friday, I was nominated for the Versatile Blogger Award and I was recently nominated for the One Lovely Blog Award by Minty Freshie.

Thank you, Minty, for nominating me for this award. Minty Freshie is a very entertaining blog, so you should go check her out!

 

Rules:

  1. Each nominee must thank the person who nominated them and link their blog in their post.
  2. They must include the rules and add the blog award badge as an image
  3. Must add 7 facts about themselves
  4. Nominate at least 7 people to do the award!

Facts:

  1. I don’t know when my actual birth date is, but my human adopted me on August 2, 2008. We celebrate that day every year as our anniversary.
  2. My favorite place to sit is on the window sill in the living room (with the window open, if weather permits). I particularly like this spot in Spring because there are tons of fireflies that flicker around in my backyard at night.
  3. When my human is away from the house, it is my responsibility to be the house “watch cat.” This works, except for the fact that I run and hide under the bed every time I hear the garbage truck down the street.
  4. I am addicted to tennis.
  5. Recently, my human had a bunch of other humans over to the house that looked exactly like her! She kept calling them “sisters.” I don’t have any sisters to my knowledge, but I thoroughly enjoyed hanging out with hers.
  6. I am eagerly anticipating the next major championship, the French Open. Maybe I will get to visit there one day.
  7. I like to sit right next to my human when she is writing my blog. It is easier for her to transcribe my thoughts.

I hope you enjoyed reading. I had a lot of fun writing this post and letting you know a little bit more about me! For this award, I am nominating some excellent blogs that I just recently discovered. I hope you enjoying reading them as much as I have enjoyed finding them. I nominate the following bloggers: Francis and Anna, Headspace771, Frona’s Reads, When Women Inspire, My Black Scrubs, Praying for Eyebrowz, Let Hope Rise Up and Abbey Co.– I look forward to reading your 7 facts!

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